May 9, 2013
The true motives of our actions, like the real pipes of an organ, are usually concealed. But the gilded and hollow pretext is pompously placed in the front for show.
~ Charles Caleb Colton
At the center of our lives lies the one reality that drives us. It manifests itself in the realities of life more than it’s pretenses. What we do reflects more about who we are than what we say. What we seek after reveals our true nature more than all the affirmations and promises we make.
People love a show. However, when the show turns to a sermon, many get defensive. As Jesus continues his dialogue with the multitude standing at the beach, they press Him for a sign confirm His declarations. In response to their demand, Jesus explains the only sign they need …
“Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” Therefore they said to Him, “What sign will You perform then, that we may see it and believe You? What work will You do? Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.” And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” (John 6:29–35, NKJV)
We imitate Jesus when …
- We come to Him in obedience and trust, believing that God will supply all of our need through the riches He alone possesses.
The love of God is greater than our wildest imaginations! He is motivated to meet our needs like any good parent. For those who come and follow Jesus as King and Lord (Matthew 16.24-26), Jesus becomes the Nourisher and Filler of soul and body.
What are you seeking after today? Jesus is that hope and help in this present world. Come to Him with an earnest and sincere heart. He will fill all of your needs when you place Him at the center of your life as Lover and Leader.
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